New Federal Policy Makes it Easier for Children to Access Free School Meals

July 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Under a new USDA policy, all children in a household are eligible for free school meals if anyone in the household is receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

In the past, households had to apply separately for these programs. Each child in the household was then matched by case number in order to be approved for free meals.  The new policy should help reduce paperwork and redundancies in administration, provide more resources for meal programs, and increase enrollment of qualified applicants.

For more information, visit the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report.

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